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Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Archive By Section - LOCAL

Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed unanimously at the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, attended by a standing-room only crowd, Tuesday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during Tuesday night's meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse was put on hold after commissioner J.C. Henderson said he was not informed of the move in advance.

August 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington Town Center project resurrected

A development for retail shopping, Class A business space and a hotel has been in the works for two years. First it was on. Then it was off.

August 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSO forms Body Worn Camera standard operating procedure

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) became one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice Body Worn Camera (BWC) grant last September.

August 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

One bad decision changed and is changing lives

The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to the next group of friends. They weren't talking at all. They weren't squirming, eager to leave. Their hands weren't swiping their faces to shoo away bugs. No, they were swatting away tears.

August 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Miller attends Washington D.C. Summit on Mort Ewing WLC scholarship

Allen Miller attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) for the Eastside High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. The Mort Ewing WLC scholarship made it possible for the Eastside student to attend the conference.

August 14, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take seriously. The other has a talent for obfuscation that surpasses Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine for doubletalk. One got nominated through a process that awards name recognition above competence and the other spent years stacking the deck so that there was never any question as to who would be nominated.

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL

2017 SPLOST discussions underway

The process for a possible vote on the 2017 SPLOST is under way.

August 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Reform and outreach in the community

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 08, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

$40 million in investment, Chili’s announced

One hundred thirty five jobs and around $42,750,000 in investment were announced by Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins to the Covington City Council and the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) this week.

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

A walk among the tombstones

There is a tombstone lying on the bed of Ashley Shares' pick-up truck.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rotary Club to provide benches for park

The Rotary Club of Covington will help build out a park behind the Newton County Administrative Building.

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Fun with fall veggies

The fall is the best time to grow food in Georgia. You get to ride out the late season heat and you're rewarded with delicious veggies, while dealing with fewer pests and disease. As the weather cools, root veggies and greens get sweeter many summer favorites stick around. The best eats are planted now for October and November harvests.

August 07, 2016 | Corey Mosser | LOCAL

Yellow River offers Porterdale ways to build tourism product

Tourism is big business, a key part of economic development in the area.

August 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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